Spain’s Air Media Service of the National Police announced this week that they have certified the EHang EH216 manned drone, which they named ‘Megadron’, for law enforcement use. It’s capable of flying for 21-minutes on a single charge and reach a top speed of 80mph, powered by 16 independent rotors mounted in pairs around the passenger cabin.
While it takes a skilled pilot to fly a drone through Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin, the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise drones are designed to help companies transition toward drone platforms by offering enterprise-grade features needed for commercial operations. Available in Mavic 3E and Mavic 3T models, the former can be used for efficient mapping as well as surveying missions without the need for Ground Control Points, thanks to its 20MP wide-angle camera.
We have seen the future of construction, and there’s plenty of 3d-printing drone swarms. Think of this construction method as a variation on how wasps make large nests, as multiple drones collaborate to build using a single blueprint. It starts with a single drone depositing a layer of building material, with another one verifying the accuracy of what has been printed thus far.
Undefined Technologies’ ion-propulsion Silent Ventus drone may not be as agile as this one used for a Red Bull stunt, but it did manage to keep noise levels below 75 dB during its recent 4.5-minute test flight. The startup is aiming to achieve flights of at least 15-minutes of duration with noise levels below 70 dB by the end of 2023, thus eliminating noise restrictions for the last-mile cargo delivery sector.
The US Army’s Black Hornet Nano drone is a highly advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and many have wondered if there will ever be a commercial version. Meet the Eachine E110. It may look the part, but this is just a standard 2.5G, 6-axis gyro miniature drone with optical local flow localization, or at least according to its manufacturer.
After numerous leaks, the DJI Avata FPV drone is now official. Weighing in at just 410g, it features a 1/1.7” CMOS sensor boasting 48 million effective pixels capable of shooting footage at 4K/60fps and 2.7K/50/60/100/120fps, complete with a flight time of up to 18 minutes on a single charge.
8KRAW, a China-based photography organization with over 1,000 photographers, used a DJI Mavic 3 to fly over Mount Everest at 29,000+ feet with its professional-grade 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera. Once the team summited, the drone completed several aerial shots including close-up shots and views of the Himalayas with Mount Everest in the foreground.
University of Sherbrooke engineers have developed a drone with specialized landing gear that enables it to touch down safely on angled surfaces like rooftops. The modified DJI F450 drone does this by using extremely lightweight friction shock absorbers that are designed to absorb kinetic energy from impact.
Seafarer’s SeaSearcher isn’t the first underwater drone, but it’s the only one we’ve seen capable of precisely detecting and identifying metals buried up to 33-feet (10 meters) beneath the seabed, while also transmitting a three-dimensional digital map of the object’s location. Seafarer received an official permit from the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research to explore an area south of Cape Canaveral.
Svanur Gabriele, a 17-year-old photographer based in Iceland, used an FPV drone to capture insane footage of a new volcanic eruption in Iceland for Airstock. The footage you’re about to see was shot above the Geldingadalir and the Meradalir volcanoes on August 3rd, 2022. They used a custom-built freestyle FPV drone equipped with a GoPro Hero10 action camera.